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Friday, February 6, 2009
Oklahoma recruiting capsule

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin


The Sooners' signing class can be found here.

Recruits: 23

Breakdown: 20 high school, three junior college.

Positions: 5 DB, 4 LB, 4 OL, 3 DE, 2 WR, 1 ATH, 1 QB, 1 TE, 1 RB, 1 DT.

Where they came from: Texas 11, Oklahoma 5, Kansas 2, Missouri 1, Tennessee 1, Georgia 1, Pennsylvania 1, Nevada 1.

The stud: DT Jamarkus McFarland (Lufkin, Texas). The nation's No. 54 prospect on the ESPNU 150. He's a prototypical run-stuffer who projects to be a big contributor at a position where the Sooners are already among the nation's strongest with the return of Gerald McCoy and DeMarcus Granger. He should learn from some of the nation's best.

Recruiting-class sleeper: WR Cameron Kenney of Dacula, Ga., and Garden City Community College. He becomes the most notable addition at wide receiver -- the Sooners' biggest need after the departure of Manuel Johnson, Juaquin Iglesias and Quentin Chaney. Kenney, a former Auburn commitment, is a legitimate deep threat. And he also comes with additional value after averaging 47 yards as a punter and converting eight of nine field goals including a 52-yarder last season at Garden City.

The one who got away: WR Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La. The Sooners were in the hunt for the nation's top receiver until the end, but he couldn't resist the urge to stay close to home by committing to LSU. Randle would have been a key addition for the Sooners where they really need some players.

Needs addressed: Defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line.

Didn't get it: A deep collection of skill-position talent.

Scouts Inc. grade: B (second in the Big 12, second in South Division).

My take: The Sooners loaded up on prime defensive players, but could have used some offensive playmakers. They whiffed late on receivers Randle and Marlon Brown and lost Eric Ward to Texas Tech, but still had an impressive, deep class stacked with top defensive talent.